Anchor Mark Mester is no longer employed by Nexstar’s CW affiliate KTLA Los Angeles. Mester was previously suspended after he criticized on-air how the station went about his co-anchor Lynette Romero’s sudden departure. KTLA announced Romero’s exit last week without a goodbye message to viewers, which drew criticism on social media.
The Nexstar CW affiliate will exclusively air 15 games this season and produce pre-game, halftime, and post-game programming. The broadcasts will be syndicated throughout Southern California.
Oprah Winfrey has been tapped to kick off Project Angel Food’s third annual telethon — Lead with Love 3 presented by City National Bank — airing live on KTLA Los Angeles on July 23. Hosted by Eric McCormack and TV personality Jessica Holmes, the telethon will also feature appearances by a long list of boldfaced names.
Over its 75 years, the station has punched above its weight, playing an important role in Los Angeles’ history and setting trends that revolutionized TV news. Despite belt-tightening and ownership changes at the station, along with dramatic shifts in viewer behavior over the last decade, KTLA’s newscasts continue to attract hundreds of thousands of viewers. Its coverage of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade still draws millions; Angelenos are particularly partial to the station’s ad-free 8 a.m. telecast.
KTTV, KCOP and KTLA become the first stations in DMA No. 2 to power up ATSC 3.0 technology.
Nexstar’s CW affiliate in L.A. will debut the weekday broadcast next month. It will be anchored by Pedro Rivera and Cher Calvin along with meteorologist Vera Jimenez.
Nexstar And KTLA Donate To Los Angeles Urban League
Peter Saiers has been named news director of KTLA, Nexstar’s CW affiliate in Los Angeles. Saiers, most recently news director at KING Seattle, succeeds Jason Ball, who held the post for 12½ years and announced plans to leave in February.
News Director And News Producer Openings
New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for a news director in Los Angeles and a news producer in Raleigh, N.C.
Sheryl Crow leads a long list of performers and celebrity guests who will appear in a Jan. 1 television special replacing the 132nd Rose Parade, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda will air on ABC, NBC, Hallmark Channel, Univision, RFD-TV and KTLA Los Angeles featuring performances filmed at locations across the country to limit travel and ensure safety.
Seven years after leaving her KTLA anchor chair for a high-profile CNN gig, Michaela Pereira has returned to the local news morning shift. But instead of coming back to her old stomping grounds at KTLA Morning News, which she cohosted for nine years, Pereira has jumped to crosstown rival KTTV, to lead a revamped Good Day L.A. broadcast.
Virus Upended Local L.A. TV News Overnight
TV stations, including those in Los Angeles, have had to adapt quickly to the new normal of programming news while adhering to government mandates designed to stop the spread of the virus. While TV audiences continue to tune in to CNN and MSNBC for the latest national updates, they are also relying on broadcasters closer to home to apprise them of what’s going on specifically in their communities.
Janene Drafs Is The New VP-GM Of KTLA
Nexstar taps the broadcaster with 30 years of large-market experience to lead its Los Angeles CW affiliate and its related digital operations, mobile apps, and social media channels. She succeeds the retiring Don Corsini and begins her duties on Feb. 10.
Wildfires Force KTLA Anchor To Flee
KTLA GM Don Corsini Announces Retirement
Veteran station executive Don Corsini, a fixture in the Los Angeles TV market who spent the past decade running CW affiliate KTLA as president and general manager, has informed the station’s staff of his plan to retire at the end of the year. He made announcement at a meeting with employees, emphasizing that the departure was entirely his decision, according to sources. The move comes following Nexstar Media Group’s takeover of Tribune Media.
KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous Died Of Meth Toxicity
KTLA Expands Digital Offerings And Podcasts
KTLA To Broadcast Five L.A. Dodgers Games
Reporter Nerissa Knight Leaves KTLA
KTLA To Simulcast 10 L.A. Dodgers Games
Charter Communications’ Spectrum Networks will broadcast 10 Los Angeles Dodgers games on Tribune Broadcasting’s KTLA Los Angeles (DMA 2). Spectrum SportsNet LA’s simulcast game coverage on KTLA will begin with the Dodgers matchup vs. the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, April 5, starting at 6:30 pm. SportsNet LA and KTLA5 will simulcast a total of […]
KTLA Anchor Cuts Deal In Earbud Theft Case
KTLA Anchor Lu Parker Arrested At Airport
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lu Parker, a local television news anchor in Los Angeles and a former Miss USA, was arrested Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of stealing a pair of earbud headphones belonging to an off-duty police detective, authorities said. Parker, 48, was taken into custody at about 7 a.m. in […]
KTLA Debuts New Set, Control Room
Los Angeles ABC O&O KABC and KTLA reporter Rich DeMuro are leading the social media pack in the Los Angeles market, according to data from Share Rocket.
KTLA To Air Vin Scully’s Final Dodgers Games
As Vin Scully’s time in the booth winds down, Charter Communications has set a deal with Tribune’s KTLA Los Angeles to simulcast six Los Angeles Dodgers games, briefly lifting the TV blackout for local fans who don’t have access to the team’s SportsNet LA channel.